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RISE LEADS WORKSHOPS AT MACALESTER COLLEGE IN MINNESOTA
RISE staff member Scott Koenning provided training Tuesday, April 17, 2018, for 26 student-athlete leaders from across sports at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. The workshop included activities on identity and diversity and concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations. Koenning also led a session Wednesday, April 18, for 16 staff members.
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2018 NCAA INCLUSION FORUM
RISE’s Andrew Mac Intosh was a panelist for “Advocates of Change: Student Athlete Activism and Expression in the 21st Century” on Monday, April 16, at the 2018 NCAA Inclusion Forum in Indianapolis. Also attending the three-day forum from RISE’s Leadership & Education Programs team were Kim Miller, Scott Koenning and Collin Williams.
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RISE PRESENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST
RISE staff member Andrew Mac Intosh provided training Wednesday, April 4, 2018, for 37 student-athlete leaders from across sports at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The workshop included activities on identity and diversity and concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations. Mac Intosh also led a session Thursday, April 5, for 30 staff members.
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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL CULMINATION EVENT IN LOS ANGELES
A Culmination Event featuring special guest NBA Cares Ambassador Jason Collins on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, concluded the Building Bridges Through Basketball program bringing youth and law enforcement together in Los Angeles. The 10-week program, designed to help build trust and bridge divides in the community, was a partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, with officers from the Los Angeles Police Department participating. It engaged about 30 youth in weekly 2.5-hour sessions of on-court basketball training and hands-on leadership activities developed by RISE focused on identity, conflict resolution, perspective taking and teamwork. The Culmination Event included the final education session of the program; basketball competitions; and a panel discussion featuring program facilitators, student-athletes, police and Collins. Building Bridges Through Basketball is part of the #NBAVoices initiative, the league’s platform to address social injustices.
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RISE MEETS WITH BOSTON COLLEGE COACHES
RISE staff member Andrew Mac Intosh met Wednesday, April 4, 2018, with 47 coaches at Boston College. The RISE coaches workshop provided training on ways to lead conversations about diversity and equality with their student-athletes.
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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: UNIFYING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
The fourth “Community Conversation: Unifying Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve” brought together law enforcement, students and athletes Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Heritage Hall at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The event was a collaboration of RISE, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. Through a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions facilitated by RISE, the event created productive dialogues to strengthen relationships and improve communities. Students also were introduced to career opportunities in law enforcement. Groups of students from Osborn High School and Western International High School participated. Panelists were Lomas Brown, former NFL player; Willie Burton, former NBA player; Cameron Gordon, trooper, Michigan State Police, and former NFL player; and Cpl. Irvette Reed, Detroit Police Department. Amy Peterson, RISE’s vice president, special projects & general counsel, moderated the panel. These events are part of the comprehensive plan the governor announced in October to review the culture of state government across all departments and all levels of employment.
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RISE PRESENTS WORKSHOP AT MIAAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
RISE presented a workshop, “Using the Power of Sports: Equipping Leaders in Athletics to Drive Social Progress” on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the MIAAA Annual Conference in Traverse City, Michigan. Scott Koenning, RISE’s Midwest regional director, leadership & education programs, gave the presentation to members of the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The workshop included an overview of the RISE leadership program and its impact in high schools, as well as an activity sampled from the high school curriculum. RISE is equipping athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in improving race relations and driving social progress within their teams, schools and communities.
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RISE PRESENTS TO STAFF AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
RISE staff member Collin Williams Jr. presented a program Tuesday, March 13, 2018, for 20 athletics and university staff members at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Staff learned about RISE programming, participated in activities on identity and perspective taking, and discussed how to advance diversity and inclusion at Wake Forest. This was a part of the next steps following a January session with 32 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members from across sports at Wake Forest.
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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: UNIFYING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
The third “Community Conversation: Unifying Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve” brought together law enforcement, students and athletes Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in West River Hall at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event was a collaboration of RISE, Michigan State Police, Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Rapids Public Schools district, the Office of Gov. Rick Snyder and the Grand Rapids Drive. Through a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions facilitated by RISE, the event created productive dialogues to strengthen relationships and improve communities. Students also were introduced to career opportunities in law enforcement and attended the Grand Rapids Drive game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Groups of students from Ottawa Hills High School and Union High School participated. Panelists were F/Lt. Bob Hendrix, Michigan State Police; George Lynch, assistant coach, Grand Rapids Drive; Deputy Chief Eric Payne, Grand Rapids Police Department; and former NFL player Ruben Riley. Amy Peterson, RISE’s vice president, special projects & general counsel, moderated the panel. Additional conversation events are planned for other areas of Michigan this year. These events are part of the comprehensive plan the governor announced in October to review the culture of state government across all departments and all levels of employment.
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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: UNIFYING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
The second “Community Conversation: Unifying Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve” brought together law enforcement, students and athletes Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Hall of Legends at Ford Field in Detroit. The event was a collaboration of RISE, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. Through a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions facilitated by RISE, the event created productive dialogues to strengthen relationships and improve communities. Students also were introduced to career opportunities in law enforcement. Groups of students from East English Village Preparatory Academy and Mumford High School participated. Panelists were Detroit Lions safety Don Carey; former Detroit Pistons player Earl Cureton; Cameron Gordon, trooper, Michigan State Police, and former NFL player; and Melanie Malone, neighborhood police officer, Detroit Police Department. Amy Peterson, RISE’s vice president, special projects & general counsel, moderated the panel. Additional conversation events are planned for other areas of Michigan this year. These events are part of the comprehensive plan the governor announced in October to review the culture of state government across all departments and all levels of employment.
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FULL STRENGTH: UNITING COMMUNITIES THROUGH HOCKEY
The “Full Strength: Uniting Communities through Hockey” program bringing 31 student-athletes and five members of law enforcement together in Tampa, Florida, concluded Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Special guest for the culmination event was Chris Dingman, a Tampa Bay Lightning alum and two-time Stanley Cup Champion. The eight-week program is a partnership among the NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, RISE, Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The weekly 2.5-hour sessions featured a combination of hockey programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity.
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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL IN LOS ANGELES
RISE joined the NBA, Under Armour and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, to celebrate the latest installment of Building Bridges Through Basketball. The 10-week program is designed to help build trust and bridge divides in the community. It engages youth in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball training and hands-on leadership activities developed by RISE focused on identity, conflict resolution, perspective taking and teamwork. The event, which was celebrated as part of NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, brought together youth, law enforcement and local leaders to highlight the program, which tipped off Jan. 24. Twenty-four youth participants and nine Los Angeles Police Department officers went through shooting, defense, agility and ball-handling skills and drills led by Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns and NBA legends Dee Brown and Robert Horry. Building Bridges Through Basketball is part of the #NBAVoices initiative, the league’s platform to address social injustices.
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2018 INCLUSIVE SPORTS SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
RISE presented various programming Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the 2018 Inclusive Sports Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. RISE staff member Andrew Mac Intosh led the RISE Social Justice Workshop, highlighting how athletes, coaches and others in sports can effectively use their platforms to advance social causes. The workshop assessed actions taken by athletes in this respect and explored the understanding of social justice, activism and advocacy. RISE staff member Amy Peterson moderated the RISE to Vote Panel Discussion, addressing the importance of voting and the role of sports in civic engagement. Panelists were Tom Garfinkel, CEO of the Miami Dolphins and a university alumnus, and Amber McReynolds, director of elections for the city and county of Denver. RISE to Vote is a nonpartisan effort that partners with sports teams and leagues to register professional athletes to vote and encourages them to lead their fans in becoming informed and engaged citizens. A recent grant from Democracy Fund Voice has allowed RISE to expand its voter-registration initiative to college campuses. RISE partnered with the New Era Colorado Foundation, a local nonpartisan organization, to offer students, faculty and staff at the university the opportunity to register to vote at the Student Recreation Center. RISE also presented its “It Takes All Colors” digital photo experience. The university’s Athletic Department and Recreation Services are collaborating on the two-day summit, which provides a space for all to dialogue on social issues while embracing one’s differences through interactive presentations, panel discussion and experiential opportunities. The summit challenges recreational and professional sports and collegiate athletics to examine their social constructs specific to race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and class. Topics include social justice, LGBTQ, race and ethnicity, health and wellness, and careers in sports and recreation.
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RISE PRESENTS AT UCLA
RISE staff member Andrew Mac Intosh presented programs Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, for 80 student-athlete leaders from across sports at the University of California, Los Angeles. The workshops, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations. Mac Intosh also presented a session Tuesday, Feb. 13, for 70 staff members.
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MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL
RISE’s Kim Miller served as guest moderator for an #NBAVoices community conversation Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis hosted by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Building Bridges Through Basketball event at the Timberwolves practice facility included nearly 20 youth from Twin Cities metro area high schools; officers from the Minneapolis Police Department; Mayor Jacob Frey; and Timberwolves players Cole Aldrich, Jamal Crawford and Karl Anthony Towns. The discussion provided a safe space for a candid conversation exploring perceptions and dynamics affecting law enforcement and youth from the communities they serve. The purpose of the conversation was to encourage participants to share their perspectives and experiences and collectively brainstorm solutions to build a stronger, safer community. Basketball programming followed the community conversation. The Minneapolis event is part of a series of NBA programs across the country.
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RISE PRESENTS AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
RISE staff member Collin Williams Jr. presented sessions Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, for about 110 freshman student-athletes from across sports at Syracuse University in New York. The workshops, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations. Williams also presented a session Monday, Feb. 12, for 14 athletics staff members at Syracuse.
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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: UNIFYING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
“Community Conversation: Unifying Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve” brought together law enforcement, students and athletes Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in the Hall of Legends at Ford Field in Detroit. The event was a collaboration of RISE, Michigan State Police, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Office of Gov. Rick Snyder. Through a panel discussion and small group breakout sessions facilitated by RISE, the event created productive dialogues to strengthen relationships and improve communities. Students also were introduced to career opportunities in law enforcement. Groups of students from Cody – Academy of Public Leadership, Cody – Detroit Institute of Technology College Prep High School, Cody – Medicine and Community Health Academy, and Communication and Media Arts High School participated, as did a group of students from Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley spoke at the event. Panelists were former Detroit Lions player Lomas Brown; Detroit Police Chief James Craig; former Detroit Pistons player Earl Cureton; and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director, Michigan State Police. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson moderated the panel. Additional conversation events are planned for other areas of Michigan this year. These events are part of the comprehensive plan the governor announced in October to review the culture of state government across all departments and all levels of employment.
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FULL STRENGTH: UNITING COMMUNITIES THROUGH HOCKEY
RISE is partnering with the NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office and Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Boys & Girls Club in Tampa on “Full Strength: Uniting Communities through Hockey.” The educational program is designed to create a positive interaction between local youth and the police. The program was highlighted as part of a puck drop event Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, celebrating a new outdoor ball hockey rink for the Boys & Girls Club. The rink was donated by the league and the Lightning as a legacy to the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. As part of the day’s events in Tampa, Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs, participated in a panel – “What is an athlete’s power and responsibility in society?” – for the 2018 NHL All Star Declaration of Principles Summit.
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CAMPUS CONVERSATION AT HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY
Haskell Indian Nations University and RISE hosted a campus conversation Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, with a panel of Native American professional athletes about issues facing the Native American community and how sports can help to improve and solve them. The campus conversation with HINU in Lawrence, Kansas, was the first RISE event specifically highlighting the Native American community. Panelists were Damen Bell-Holter, former professional basketball player, Haida Tribe of Alaska; Temryss Lane, former professional soccer player/Pac 12 Network personality, Lummi Nation; and Nicco Montano, UFC women’s flyweight champion, Navajo Nation. Moderator was Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs.
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RISE PRESENTS AT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
RISE staff member Collin Williams Jr. presented a program Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, for 35 student-athlete leaders from across sports at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations. Williams also presented a session Tuesday, Jan. 23, for 20 athletics and diversity and inclusion staff members at Oregon State.
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RISE PRESENTS TO WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY STUDENT-ATHLETES
Collin Williams Jr., RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs - south, presented a program Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, for 32 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members from across sports at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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JUNIOR KNICKS MLK DAY EXPERIENCE
RISE joined the New York Knicks, adidas, Junior Knicks and Garden of Dreams Foundation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate King’s life, work and values through a youth basketball clinic and community conversation. The events Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, included 125 youth from the Police Athletic League NYC. The community conversation centered on three themes: leadership, diversity and equality; and focused on six key values central to King’s work: respect, integrity, courage, humility, vision and compassion. Youth then participated in a six-station basketball clinic and had the opportunity to meet Knicks legend John Starks.
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RISE PRESENTS TO FLORIDA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Collin Williams Jr., RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs – south, led a leadership session on social activism with the Florida State Seminoles women’s basketball team Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Both players and coaches participated in the session, during which they analyzed the goals, impact and perceptions of recent social activism by athletes. The team also worked together to identify ways they can use their platform to drive social progress.
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RISE SOUTH FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDTABLE
A select group of 30 student-athletes and eight coaches and administrators from three South Florida high schools attended the RISE South Florida High School Roundtable on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Athletes and staff representing the football teams at Booker T. Washington Senior High School and Cooper City High School and football and volleyball teams at Hollywood Hills High School who completed the RISE Leadership Program this fall gathered in the Miami Dolphins locker room at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. They reflected on what they learned from the program and engaged with Dolphins players Drew Morgan, Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas and law enforcement from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and North Miami Police Department. The discussions focused on leadership, social activism and building inclusive communities. The RISE Leadership Program has been taught to more than 190 student-athletes and 30 coaches from the three high schools over the course of the fall sports season and is designed to empower them to be leaders in addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity within their teams, schools and communities.
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RISE PRESENTS AT ACC FALL 2017 MEETING
RISE presented a leadership session Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at the Atlantic Coast Conference Fall 2017 Meeting at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. Part of the ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and life skills directors meeting, the RISE session explored the topics of identity and diversity and perspectives on athlete activism. During the workshop attended by more than 45 staff and student-athletes, Collin Williams Jr., RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs - south, helped these leaders take initial steps in building a game plan to improve diversity and inclusion across each campus.
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RISE PRESENTS TO ARIZONA STATE SOPHOMORE ATHLETES
More than 40 sophomore student-athletes across sports at Arizona State University in Tempe participated Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in a RISE workshop on identity and diversity. Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs, presented the workshop.
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RISE PRESENTS TO RICE UNIVERSITY COACHES, STAFF
Collin Williams Jr., RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs - south, presented a program Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, for 37 coaches and staff at Rice University in Houston. They explored identity and diversity and next steps toward fostering greater inclusivity.
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RISE PRESENTS TO RICE UNIVERSITY STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADERS
Collin Williams Jr., RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs - south, presented a program Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, for 17 student-athlete leaders at Rice University in Houston. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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RISE PRESENTS TO UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADERS
Scott Koenning, RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs - Midwest, presented a program Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, for 40 student-athlete leaders at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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RISE WORKSHOP FOR PAC-12 STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs, presented a workshop Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at the Pac-12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee fall meeting at the Pac-12 office in San Francisco. Representatives from each Pac-12 school participated in the workshop, where they completed an activity to explore their diverse and multifaceted identities, discussed and assessed actions taken by athletes to drive social progress and concluded with idea generation about what they can do on their campuses to make an impact.
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RISE PRESENTS TO CARLETON COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETES
RISE staff members Scott Koenning and Kim Miller presented a program Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, for 25 student-athletes at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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RISE PRESENTS TO FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESHMEN ATHLETES
Collin Williams Jr., RISE’s regional director, leadership & education programs - south, presented to freshmen student-athletes Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, and Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Williams presented during the three sections of the Student Development & Leadership Strategies course. He presented on Sports as a Vehicle for Social Change.
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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs, presented Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Diversity and Inclusion Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. As part of the opening session, Miller discussed how RISE is engaging, educating and empowering athletes and coaches. In addition, she led a workshop about implicit bias, perspective taking and sports as a vehicle for change.
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RISE MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDTABLE
About 30 student-athletes and three staff members from two Michigan high schools came together Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, for a RISE Michigan High School Roundtable at the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL). They represented the volleyball team at Cass Technical High School in Detroit and the boys tennis team and junior varsity cheer at Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology. The two high schools are among nine in Michigan that participated in the fall season RISE High School Leadership Program. The roundtable event gave students the opportunity to share what they learned through the program. Special guests at the event were former Detroit Pistons Earl Cureton and Rick Mahorn and officers from the Detroit Police Department. The leadership program is designed to empower sports administrators, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity within their teams, schools and communities. Program participants learn about the history of race and sports, the power of sports to drive change and how they can become leaders in improving race relations.
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RISE PRESENTS TO NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SAAC
RISE staff members Kim Miller and Collin Williams Jr. presented a program Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, for more than 30 members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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RISE PRESENTS TO BOSTON COLLEGE SAAC
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Collin Williams Jr. presented a program Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, for about 50 members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Boston College. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL DETROIT TIP-OFF EVENT
A tip-off celebration featuring the Detroit Pistons’ Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Stanley Johnson on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, announced the Building Bridges Through Basketball program to bring youth and law enforcement together in Detroit. The 10-week program is a partnership among the Pistons, RISE, Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center and Detroit Police Department. The weekly 2.5-hour sessions for youth ages 12 to 16 will feature a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE. The sessions, which will be at both S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center and Chosen Generation Community Center, will focus on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. The tip-off event at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center was part of the Pistons’ Jr. NBA Week activities. Speakers included sports columnist Mitch Albom, founder of S.A.Y. Detroit Player Center.
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RISE PRESENTS TO UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA STUDENT-ATHLETES
RISE presented a program Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at the University of Arizona in Tucson for about 450 student-athletes from various sports. The program focused on provoking positive change, leadership and respect. Derek Greenfield, a nationally known speaker, led a discussion about cultural competence and inclusion at their intersection with leadership. The program also included a version of RISE’s It Takes All Colors activation.
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RISE PRESENTS TO MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT-ATHLETES
RISE presented a program Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Michigan State University in East Lansing for about 165 freshman student-athletes and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) leaders from various sports. The program focused on provoking positive change, leadership and respect. Derek Greenfield, a nationally known speaker, led a discussion about cultural competence and inclusion at their intersection with leadership.
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RISE PRESENTS TO FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY SAAC
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Kim Miller presented a program Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, for 36 members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The 90-minute workshop, which included activities on identity and diversity, concluded with student-athletes generating ideas about what they collectively can do on campus to be leaders in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion, particularly in the area of race relations.
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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL CULMINATION EVENT IN CHICAGO
A Culmination Event featuring special guest Jerian Grant of the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, concluded the Building Bridges Through Basketball summer enrichment program bringing youth and law enforcement together in Chicago. The 10-week program was partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, with officers from the Chicago Police Department participating. The program engaged 60 young people in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. Other highlights of the Culmination Event included the final education session of the program; a basketball clinic for participants with Grant; a panel discussion featuring program facilitators, student-athletes and police; and dinner and entertainment for student-athletes and their parents.
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RISE PRESENTS TO UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STUDENT-ATHLETES
RISE presented a program Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for about 150 freshman and transfer student-athletes from various sports. The program focused on provoking positive change, leadership and respect. Derek Greenfield, a nationally known speaker, led a discussion about cultural competence and inclusion at their intersection with leadership.
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RISE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM TRAIN-THE-TRAINER SESSION IN FLORIDA
Coaches from Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami gathered Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, to complete training for RISE’s fall 2017 High School Leadership Program. The coaches from cross country, football and volleyball will deliver the program to their respective teams via nine modules in the fall season. Led by Kim Miller, RISE’s vice president, leadership & education programs, coaches reviewed RISE’s fall curriculum and gained direct experience facilitating activities with their peers. Washington is RISE’s first Miami-Dade high school.
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RISE/NEW YORK LIBERTY STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADERSHIP SESSION
RISE and the WNBA’s New York Liberty presented a leadership session Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, for student-athletes at Madison Square Garden. Participating were teammates of Mount Vernon basketball standout Shamoya McKenzie, who died at age 13 when she was struck by a stray bullet this past New Year’s Eve. The session discussed how understanding our identities, the value of diversity and the ability to build trust are all important aspects of leadership and building strong teams and communities. The 11 student-athletes learned that while they are different they also have many similarities that unite them. They gained an understanding of how diversity makes their team successful. WNBA legend and former Liberty player Kym Hampton shared her story, the challenges she faced and the importance of building up your self-esteem to be confident in who you are as a woman. She also emphasized how our identities continue to evolve. After the session, the participants attended the Liberty game against the Los Angeles Sparks. The students also were invited to attend the Unity Game on Sunday, Aug. 20, presented by RISE and the Liberty.
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RISE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM TRAIN-THE-TRAINER SESSION IN MICHIGAN
More than 15 coaches representing six Michigan high schools, seven sports and 11 teams gathered Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Detroit’s Cody – Academy of Public Leadership to complete training for RISE’s fall 2017 High School Leadership Program. The coaches will deliver the program to their respective teams via nine modules in the fall season. Led by trainer Gary Winston of Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, coaches reviewed RISE’s fall curriculum and gained direct experience facilitating activities with their peers. Schools and teams represented were Chandler Park Academy (football, volleyball) in Harper Woods, Cody – Academy of Public Leadership (football, cheerleading, boys cross country, girls cross country), Plymouth High School (band, girls swimming), University Prep Academy (boys and girls cross country) in Detroit, University Prep Science & Math High School (boys and girls cross country) in Detroit and West Bloomfield High School (boys basketball).
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT LECTURE
On March 15, we were at Michigan State University in Sociology of Sport class, where we challenged students to reflect on the way they view the world and the assumptions that accompany those viewpoints. We also asked them to reflect on how their experiences and values inform their perspectives. While we suggested they stay true to their values, it's always key to allow room for new experiences and viewpoints.
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RISE JOINS MIZZOU MADE PROGRAM
RISE brought together more than 110 Mizzou Athletics student-athletes on March 8 as part of Mizzou Made program to explore identity, diversity, shared values and identifying ways to be leaders to create a more inclusive environment that values diversity.
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DETROIT PAL HONORS RISE
On March 2, the Detroit Police Athletic League honored RISE with its Varner/Tenbusch "Game Changer" Award for our work with student-athletes in Michigan and across the country. RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson accepted the award at the MVP Awards dinner.
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SATURDAY MORNING HOOPS
Saturday Morning Hoops program in New Orleans, which ran for six consecutive Saturdays, was developed by the NBA in collaboration with the New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Up2Us Sports, and RISE to help build stronger and safer communities between New Orleans youth and the New Orleans Police Department.
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MLK DAY “CHANGING THE GAME” TOWN HALL
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, RISE were joined by University of Michigan Athletics student-athletes, Desmond Howard and AD Warde Manuel for a Town Hall honoring Dr. King and coming up with solutions to improve race relations.
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HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FINALE FALL 2016
358 kids from 7 high schools in Michigan, who participated in our anti-racism curriculum, came together in November, 2016 to meet each other at the conclusion of the program.
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RISE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FINALE – SPRING 2017
More than 180 student-athletes and 15 coaches representing 14 teams from seven Michigan high schools came together Wednesday, March 29, for the final session of a RISE leadership education program on improving race relations. The program was taught to the teams in the individual schools for 10 weeks. The students came together at The Palace of Auburn Hills, hosted by the Detroit Pistons, for the final event focusing on identity, trust and community building. The program is designed to empower sports administrators, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity within their teams, schools and communities. Program participants learn about the history of race and sports, the power of sports to drive change and how they can become leaders in improving race relations.
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NCAA INCLUSION FORUM
RISE presented a train-the-trainer workshop Friday, April 21, at the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum in Providence, Rhode Island. Kim Miller, vice president, leadership & education programs, and Andrew Mac Intosh, national director, leadership & education programs, presented "Expand Your Toolkit: Building Diversity and Inclusion Skills Through Sports." The workshop discussed how RISE is equipping athletics department administrators, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in improving race relations and driving social change within their teams, schools and communities. The train-the-trainer session covered activities on identity, diversity and implicit bias.
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PAC-12 STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WORKSHOP
RISE presented a workshop Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Pac-12 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee spring meeting at the Pac-12 office in San Francisco. Two representatives from each Pac-12 school participated in RISE activities about identity, diversity, implicit bias and perspective taking. Representing RISE at the workshop were Kim Miller, vice president, leadership & education programs; Andrew Mac Intosh, national director, leadership & education programs; and Scott Koenning, regional director, leadership & education programs – Midwest.
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U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION URBAN SOCCER SYMPOSIUM
RISE presented "Building Skills to Improve Race Relations and Drive Social Changes" on Saturday, April 29, at the U.S. Soccer Foundation Urban Soccer Symposium. The workshop included an overview of the RISE leadership program and its impact and sample activities.
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WORKSHOP AT FIAAA STATE CONFERENCE
RISE presented a workshop, “Using Sports to Build Leadership Skills and Drive Social Progress,” on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, at the FIAAA State Conference in Orlando, Florida. Kim Miller, vice president, leadership & education programs, and Andrew Mac Intosh, national director, leadership & education programs, gave the presentations to members of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The workshop included an overview of the 10-week RISE leadership program and its impact in high schools, as well as an activity sampled from the high school curriculum. RISE is equipping athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes to be leaders in improving race relations and driving social progress within their teams, schools and communities
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SESSION WITH MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS STAFF
RISE facilitated a working session Tuesday, May 9, 2017, with Michigan State University Athletics staff, discussing the role coaches and administrators play in moving diversity forward. Members from across the athletics department were present to discuss race-related concepts and how they manifest in everyday society.
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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL TIP-OFF EVENT
A tip-off celebration featuring NBA legend Shawn Marion and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, announced the Building Bridges Through Basketball summer enrichment program that brings youth and law enforcement together in Chicago. The 10-week program is a partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Union League Boys & Girls Club. The program, which begins in June, will engage 60 young people in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. On May 9, 60 youth participants and members of the Chicago Police Department participated in basketball drills, competitions and combine-style fitness activities.
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MICHIGAN SPRING SEASON HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CULMINATION EVENT
About 145 student-athletes and about a dozen coaches representing eight teams from four Michigan high schools came together Thursday, June 1, 2017, for the final session of a RISE leadership education program on improving race relations. The 10-module program was taught to teams in seven individual schools during the spring sports season, with the students coming together at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for the final event on the unifying power of sports and leadership. The culmination event included activities, discussion, tours of the museum and lunch. Participating schools in the culmination event were Cesar Chavez Academy High School in Detroit, Saline High School, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology and West Bloomfield High School.
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HOLLYWOOD HILLS HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SEASON LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CULMINATION EVENT
More than 70 student-athletes along with five facilitators and coaches representing five Hollywood Hills High School teams came together Tuesday, June 6, 2017, for the final session of a RISE leadership education program on improving race relations. Special guest speakers were Nat Moore, a retired Miami Dolphins wide receiver and the Dolphins’ senior vice president, special projects and alumni relations, and Twan Russell, a retired Dolphins’ linebacker and the Dolphins’ senior director of youth programs. The 10-module RISE program was taught to baseball, girls flag football, girls lacrosse, softball and boys volleyball teams over the course of the spring sports season. Hollywood Hills is the first south Florida high school to partner with RISE for the program.
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BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL DEBUTS IN CHICAGO
RISE’s Building Bridges Through Basketball summer enrichment program bringing youth and law enforcement together in Chicago launched with its first session Thursday, June 22, 2017. The 10-week program is a partnership of the NBA, Under Armour, RISE and Union League Boys & Girls Clubs, with officers from the Chicago Police Department participating. The program engages 70 young people in weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and hands-on learning developed by RISE focused on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity.
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U.S. SOCCER FOUNDATION SOCCER FOR SUCCESS NATIONAL TRAINING
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Kim Miller presented a workshop Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C., for about 150 trainers at the U.S. Soccer Foundation sixth annual Soccer for Success National Training. Topics included perspective taking and fostering inclusive teams and communities. The national training prepares trainers to deliver effective local trainings for the coach-mentors who work with youth in their respective communities. Soccer for Success is a free afterschool youth development program for youth ages 6 to 14 that uses soccer to promote positive health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved urban communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation works with community organizations from across the nation dedicated to using soccer for social change.
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PENINSULA POP WARNER ANNUAL MEETING
RISE staff members Andrew Mac Intosh and Kim Miller presented a workshop Sunday, July 16, 2017, for more than 200 coaches at the Peninsula Pop Warner annual meeting. The meeting was hosted by the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Workshop topics included perspective taking and fostering inclusive teams and communities. The annual meeting covers key guidelines and training prior to the start of the season. Peninsula Pop Warner has more than 7,500 participants, ages 5 to 15, and has been been providing football and cheerleading activities for youth for more than 45 years in California from Salinas/Monterey to Oakland and from Santa Cruz to Pacifica.
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THE FIRST TEE: LIFE SKILLS AND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Student-athletes and coaches participated in RISE workshops Friday, July 28, 2017, and Saturday, July 29, at The First Tee: Life Skills and Leadership Academy at Michigan State University in East Lansing. RISE trained coaches to facilitate sessions on Identity and Diversity and Sports as a Vehicle for Change. RISE staff also engaged in the sessions and provided support. More than 90 student-athletes and 10 coaches participated in the RISE workshops at the national academy, running July 26 to Aug. 1. Nearly 100 junior golfers from The First Tee attend the academy each year. Teen participants have the opportunity to develop and hone skills to become leaders in their chapters, schools and communities while experiencing championship golf, career exploration and dorm living. The academy is staged by The First Tee home office and is hosted by MSU and The First Tee of Mid-Michigan.
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MIAC STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
RISE facilitated a session Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Student-Athlete Leadership Conference at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. The 80-minute session for 95 athletes representing the 13 MIAC member institutions included activities focused on leadership, perspective taking and stereotypes. Athletes spent time discussing race and diversity-related issues on their campuses while considering positive actions to take on campus, in their athletics departments and with their teams to create a more positive, inclusive culture.
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SESSION FOR MIAC COACHES, ATHLETIC STAFF
RISE offered a session on Building Diversity & Inclusion Skills Through Sports on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, as part of a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) seminar. About 50 coaches and athletic staff participated in the session, which focused on identity, diversity and implicit bias. The seminar was in St. Paul at the University of St. Thomas, one of the 13 MIAC member schools.
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ESPN HONORS RISE WITH STUART SCOTT ENSPIRE AWARD
RISE received a Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award and a $100,000 grant from ESPN for leadership in improving race relations and driving social progress. RISE founder Stephen M. Ross accepted the award Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the third annual Sports Humanitarian Awards in Los Angeles. The event honored leagues, teams, individuals and members of the sporting community that are using the power of sports to make a positive impact on society. In honor of former ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, the award celebrates individuals and organizations that have taken risks and used an innovative approach to helping the disadvantaged through the power of sports.